Category: Community

All Paws on Deck

Volunteers from Dallas Pets Alive! work to keep feral cats on the Katy Trail safe and fed. (Courtesy Dallas Pets Alive!)

Don’t feed those stray cats that are often seen peeping through bushes along the Katy Trail. Such generosity puts them in danger of being injured by cyclists and rollerbladers, animal advocates warn.

Instead, Dallas Pets Alive! offers a better way to befriend feral felines with a program that aims to care for and control the population of the area’s untamed cats.

“There needs to be a perspective shift in the community for how to help these animals,” said Leslie Sans, executive director of Dallas Pets Alive!

TACA Announces 2018 Board Chair


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TACA announced its next board chair will be Michelle Thomas, who will serve a two-year term beginning in January. She will succeed Donna Wilhelm.

“We are thrilled that Michelle will chair the board of directors, and I know TACA will be in excellent hands with her at the helm,” Wilhelm said. “Michelle has a rare combination of leadership abilities, strategic insight, and skills that will help elevate TACA and its mission of providing financial support and resources to the arts.”



July 4 marks the 241st anniversary of our nation’s Declaration of Independence. For many of us, it is a time to step back, take a breath, and enjoy some downtime with those we love most.

Maybe people still understand that this is actually a historic occasion, but we can talk about that another day. I’m ready to get in the pool. Thanks, founding fathers!

Unfortunately for us in Dallas, there is another somber day that we are obligated to remember: July 7, the day of the downtown mass shooting that left five police officers dead.

Gone in 40 Seconds

What happens to third-row seats and other stolen parts? (Photo courtesy:

While sunglasses, purses, and computers left in often-unlocked vehicles lure opportunistic burglars, pilfering parts instead proves profitable for many thieves working the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.

A review of crime reports from the Highland Park Department of Public Safety and University Park and Dallas police departments finds frequent thefts of parts such as side mirrors, tailgates, wheels, and especially third-row seats.

Most cases involve unlocked vehicles parked in driveways or streets in front of their owners’ homes.

Not Too Hot for Dallas #Adulting


“By the definition of today, I’ve been adulting since I was about 12.”If you’re reading this column, chances are you’re in the city, fricasseeing your body in the triple-digit heat.

It’s that time of year when the car never cools off, when all errands need to be done by noon or after sundown, and when it stays light until nine at night, but it’s too hot to sit outside and enjoy those long evenings.

Anybody that can is cooling off in the mountains, or catching an ocean breeze, or traveling the planet.

PH Financial Advisor Recognized in National Publication


Tommy McBride

Preston Hollow resident and former Providence Christian School Board Chair Tommy McBride, a managing director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, was recently named one of the “Top 400 Financial Advisors” on the annual Financial Times list. He was also honored on Barron’s Magazine’s 2017 “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” list.

Marina Costa-Jackson Wins Opera Award


Marina Costa-Jackson

The Dallas Opera named Italian-American soprano Marina Costa-Jackson its 2017 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” award winner.

This award, named after one of the most renowned opera artists of the 20th century, is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a particularly memorable and outstanding company debut.

Voters to Decide Fate of Dallas County Schools


Photo: Bob Daemmrich

Voters will have the opportunity in November to weigh in on the future of Dallas ISD’s primary transportation provider.

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Greg Abbott authorized an election to decide whether Dallas County Schools (DCS) should be dissolved.

“At the moment, I have no words. It makes no sense to dismantle an agency that has been serving the county and students for 170 years.,” DCS interim superintendent Leatha Mullins said. “This decision will have dire consequences for all of the school districts involved.”